Mindfulness meditation techniques designed to reduce emotional reactivity also reduce inflammatory responses and might be useful in chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma, according to a small sample study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In an article published in the January 2013 issue of Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, the authors present a comparison between an 8-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program and an 8-week active control health enhancement program that included walking, balance, agility, core strength, nutritional education, and music therapy.
The two groups had similar levels of stress-evoked cortisol response and similar reductions in psychological distress, but the group trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction had significantly smaller inflammatory responses.
This is good news. I can also add it to the benefits claimed for Mind Mastery techniques and the LOVE-GRATITIDE-and-FORGIVENESS CD I just created and which is proving such a hit.
The researchers also demonstrated benefit in chronic pain control. That’s something where brain integration technology even exceeds just plain meditation techniques.
In fact, I did a track on “white light” pain control, coupled with binaural beats and flashing lights (photic driving) for the brilliant Master Key, from New Reality.
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